Berkshire County

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Berkshire County is named for Berkshire County in England.

 

Created:  May 28, 1760

County Seat: 

Lenox      1760 – 1871

Pittsfield  1871 – present

 

County Courthouse – Pittsfield

 

Location:  76 East Street / Wendell Avenue

Built:  1871 – 1872

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Louis Wesbein

Contractor:  A B Munyan and D C Munyan

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story structure. The north front has a central projecting section with entrance on the first story which has two columns. On the second story are three windows with semi-circular window on the third story and above is a pediment at the roof line. There are sets of double windows on the first and second stories.

 

District Courthouse – Pittsfield

 

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Location:  24 Wendell Avenue / East Street

Built:  1926 – 1928

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The east front has a central framed entrance on the first story. Vertical pilaster run across the front with a wide cornice below the flat roof line. The building is connected on the second story to the courthouse on the north side. The building served as the Registry of Deeds and was converted for use as the District Court.

 

County Probate and Family Courthouse – Pittsfield

 

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Location:  44 Bank Row / South Street

Built:  1874 – 1875

Style:  Gothic Revival

Architect:  William Potter

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story bluestone structure. The north front has a large central arch with recessed entrance. On the east and west are high gable roof with large arched windows on the second story, The roof is tiered coming to a peak. In 1926, the top two stories were added. The building was the Berkshire Athenaeum which housed the Public Library but was converted in 2013 to house the Probate and Family Court. In 2013, the architect was Ford Gillen Architects of Amherst and the contractor was Allegrone Construction of Pittsfield.

 

Old County Courthouse – Lenox

 

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Location:  28 Main Street / Walker Street

Built:  1815 – 1816

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Isaac Damon

Contractor:  Isaac Damon

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The west front has a central portico with four high white colored Ionic columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The first story entrance is arched with white colored wood frame. At each corner is a tall white colored column. On the roof is a round open cupola with Doric columns with black colored dome. There is a balustrade along the roof line. The roof is hipped. The building is now the Lenox Library. On the east side is a lower addition.

 

Old County Courthouse – Lenox

 

Location:  27 Houstanic Street / Church Street

Built:  1791 – 1792

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story wood frame structure. The siding is shake singles. The roof is hipped. The building is the first courthouse.

 

Other Branch Courthouses

 

 Great Barrington   /   North Adams

 

Courthouses: 

N – Bennington County, Vermont

E – Franklin County, Hampshire County and Hampden County

S – Litchfield County, Connecticut 

W – Columbia County, New York and Rensselaer County, New York

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2014 and 2017